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Bauer's Stars of the Week

Stars of the Week Week of December 9, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Cooper Haar - Aberdeen Wings

Cooper Haar

Thanks to an eight-game point streak and another weekend sweep, the Aberdeen Wings are now tied for the lead in the Central Division. This past weekend, 20-year-old forward Cooper Haar was a big factor in the games as he recorded six points (3 goals, 3 assists) and was a +5 in two wins over the Minnesota Wilderness. The 6’2/209 lbs. native of Huntington Beach, California, had a goal and three assists in a 6-2 win on Friday and two goals in a 7-3 win on Saturday. Since joining the Wings in early November, Haar has 17 points in 13 games with the Wings and 22 points in 27 games played overall so far this season. “Cooper has been a big addition to our locker room. He is a mature leader that puts the team’s success first and foremost. Cooper has the ability to change the complexion of a game with his high compete level,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Spencer Schneider, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Joseph Harguindeguy, F, Minot Minotauros – Andrew Hicks, D, St. Cloud Blizzard – Will Hillman, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Cole O’Connell, F, Minot Minotauros – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Eric Olson - Jamestown Rebels

Eric Olson

Jamestown Rebels veteran forward and captain Eric Olson, 20, had a big weekend and scored when it counted as the Rebels picked up a weekend road sweep of the Maryland Black Bears. The 6’1/196 lbs. native of Calgary, Alberta, scored three goals, including both game-winners, and was +3 in the sweep. On Friday, Olson had the game-winning goal late in the 3rd period in a 3-1 win, and then on Saturday, he scored two goals, including another game-winner in another 3-1 win. For the season, Olson has 12 points in 28 games played. “Eric one of the best captains we have ever coached and an unreal person with a great work ethic. He plays a great 200-foot game and through the first three months of this season, he has never wavered in his belief of our program. It is great to see a player like him get recognized. Some NCAA Division 1 program is going to get a great competitor with great leadership skills,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Jeffers, F, New Jersey Titans – Joe Nagle, D, Northeast Generals – Kevin Pitts, F, Maine Nordiques – Ethan Prout, D, Maine Nordiques – Patrick Pugliese, G, New Jersey Titans – Trevor Smith, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Mattias Sholl - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Mattias Sholl

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs ran their current point streak to six straight games as they posted a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians. Veteran goaltender Mattias Sholl, 19, started and won both games, allowing just a single goal in the two wins. The 5’10/165 lbs. native of Hermosa Beach, California, who was also a member of Team NAHL this summer, stopped a combined 46 of 47 shots in the sweep, which included a 26-save shutout on Friday night and 20 saves in a 3-1 win on Saturday. For the season, Sholl is in the Top 8 in the NAHL in both goals against average (1.91) and save percentage (.927). “Mattias is in really good form and playing really well right now. His team is gaining confidence in front of him as he is battling extremely hard,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Cody Moline, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Leo Bacallao, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jayden Jensen, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Porter Schachle, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Jonathan Young - Amarillo Bulls

Jonathan Young

Amarillo Bulls forward and Merrimack College commit Jonathan Young, 19, helped the Bulls to a weekend road sweep in Odessa against the Jackalopes. The 6’2/200 lbs. native of Pelham, New Hampshire, posted six points (4 goals, 2 assists) and a +5 rating in the two wins, which helped the 2nd place Bulls close the gap towards the top spot in the South Division. On Friday, Young had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal, in a 7-2 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in a 9-2 win. Since joining the Bulls in early October, Young has 16 points in 20 games played and overall has 17 points in 27 games this season. “We are very proud of Jonathan for the way he played this weekend. We challenged him to take his game to the next level and he responded in a great way. He was responsible defensively, played with high energy, and was rewarded on the score sheet. We are very confident that his play this weekend is a sign of great things to come for him and the team,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Luc Salem, D, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Michael Muschitiello, F, Topeka Pilots – Carson Nichols, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Ludvig Persson, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Cal Sandquist, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ryan Waltman, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Aaron White, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 2, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nik Armstong-Kingkade - Minot Minotauros

Nik Armstong-Kingkade

Minot Minotauros forward Nik Armstong-Kingkade, 20, had a big week as he helped his team close the gap in the Central Division with two wins in three games. The 5’9/185 lbs. native of Alexandria, Virginia, had six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in the three games. On Wednesday, Kingkade, who is committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for UMass-Lowell, had a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal, in a 6-3 road win in Bismarck. On Friday, he had an assist in a 5-2 loss against the St. Cloud Blizzard. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in an 11-4 win over the Blizzard. For the season, Kingkade leads the Minotauros in scoring with 25 points in 22 games played. “Nik has been a great addition to our team. He plays the game the right way with a strong work ethic and consistency. He understands who he is as a player, and what makes him effective. Aside from being a consistent threat offensively all year, he brings much more to the table for us. He's shown great leadership and is reliable in all situations,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Brady Bjork, F, St. Cloud Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Brady Bjork, F, St. Cloud Blizzard – Jakub Breault, F, Aberdeen Wings – Mack Byers, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jacob Herter, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Blake Holmes, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Ville Immonen, F, Minot Minotauros – Grant Johnson, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Connor Mylymok, F, Austin Bruins – Adam Stacho, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Avery Sturtz - Maine Nordiques

Avery Sturtz

Maine Nordiques goaltender Avery Sturtz, 18, made his lone start this past weekend count. The 6’1/174 lbs. native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, stopped all 38 shots that came his way for his first NAHL shutout in a 4-0 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on Wednesday. For the season, Sturtz is 2-2-1 with a 2.96 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. “We are excited to have Avery receive this award. Since the beginning of the season he has worked hard to develop his game and has come a long way from his experiences, both with the Maine Nordiques and during his call up to the USHL. He was tremendous in this game, especially late, with a few huge stops to help preserve the shutout and get our team back in the win column,” said Maine head coach Nolan Howe.

2nd Star: Kyle Jeffers, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trent Grimshaw, F, Maine Nordiques – Valentino Passarelli, F, Jamestown Rebels – Valerii Rykov, F, Jamestown Rebels – Alex Tracy, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Grant Boldt - Chippewa Steel

Grant Boldt

Led by goalie Grant Boldt, 19, the Chippewa Steel got back on track this past weekend with a sweep of the Springfield Jr. Blues. The 6’1/183 lbs. native of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, allowed just a single goal in the two wins, stopping 51 of a possible 52 shots on goal. That included a 25-save shutout in Saturday’s 4-0 win. For the season, Boldt, who is also an NAPHL grad, has a 7-0-0 record with a 2.04 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. “Grant was able to step in after not playing for a few weeks and provide us a spark. He made big saves when we needed him and was steady for us all weekend,” said Steel head coach Carter Foguth.

2nd Star: Brendan Murphy, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Lucas Kanata, F, Minnesota Magicians – Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Chris Konin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Cody Moline, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Logan Ritchie, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Vincent Corcoran - Topeka Pilots

Vincent Corcoran

The Topeka Pilots picked up a weekend road sweep in Odessa against the Jackalopes and defenseman Vincent Corcoran, 18, had his first breakout weekend of the year. The 5’7/145 lbs. native of Plainfield, Illinois, recorded his first points of the year, which included four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Corcoran had the game-winning goal and two assists in an 8-2 win. On Saturday, he had another goal in a 3-1 win. “Vincent has been a steady performer for us all season. He has focused on the details in his game and finally saw some offensive production this past weekend. We look for him to bring his tireless work ethic and positive attitude to the rink each day and watch his play on the ice continue to improve,” said Topeka head coach Simon Watson.

2nd Star: Taylor Ewing, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Erik Bargholtz, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ryan Coughlin, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Austin McCarthy, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 25, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ben Almquist - Austin Bruins

Ben Almquist

In a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians, Austin Bruins forward Ben Almquist, 20, had five points, which included three goals, two assists and a +6 rating. On Friday, the 6’0/175 lbs. native of Victoria, Minnesota, had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 home win over the Magicians. On Saturday, Almquist had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 5-2 road win. For the season, Almquist leads the Bruins in scoring with 20 points in 22 games played. “Ben had a great weekend for us. I thought Ben and his line mates worked really hard to earn scoring chances. He plays in all situations for us and leads by example. We hope that the NCAA schools see that and it earns him Division 1 scholarship,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Brett Miller, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Beatty, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ethan Gauer, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Sam Metcalf, G, St. Cloud Blizzard – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Tim Piechowski, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Christian Gorscak - Johnstown Tomahawks

Christian Gorscak

Johnstown Tomahawks forward and Niagara University recruit Christian Gorscak, 19, had a big weekend to help his club to a weekend home sweep of the Maryland Black Bears. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of Jeanette, Pennsylvania, had six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and was +3 in the two wins. On Friday, Gorscak, who also an NAPHL grad, had a goal and three assists in a 5-4 overtime win. On Saturday, he scored the overtime-winning goal and had an assist in another 5-4 win. For the season, Gorscak leads his team in scoring with 28 points in 26 games played. “Christian had a fantastic weekend for us. He scored some big goals and both games were tough and emotional. His game has seemed to elevate since committing to Niagara University earlier this season, which is the sign of a humble, driven player. It has been super exciting as a coach to watch the strides he has made so far this year and we will be relying on him heavily the rest of this season,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Hampus Rydqvist, D, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nikita Asylaev, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Aden Bruich, F, Maryland Black Bears – Matt Cameron, F, New Jersey Titans – Cannon Green, F, Maine Nordiques – Lincoln Hatten, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Noah Kane, F, Maine Nordiques – Renars Karkls, D, Jamestown Rebels – Max Kouznetsov, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Mitch Machlitt, F, New Jersey Titans – Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Landon Pavlisin - Kenai River Brown Bears

Landon Pavlisin

There may be no hotter team in the NAHL than the Kenai River Brown Bears, who increased their lead atop the Midwest Division thanks to a three-game weekend home sweep of their rival, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Brown Bears goalie Landon Pavlisin, 20, started and won all three games, helping the Brown Bears extend their winning streak to 10 straight games. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Orange, California, stopped 116 of 126 shots in the three games, and has won his last 10 straight starts. That included 34 saves in a 5-3 win on Thursday, 38 saves in a 6-4 win on Friday, and 44 saves in a 4-3 shootout win on Saturday. Pavlisin currently leads the NAHL with 16 wins. “Landon was outstanding this weekend and made a number of timely saves. He is a big reason for our team’s current winning streak and has given us a chance to stay in every game,” said Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.

2nd Star: Alex Proctor, G, Springfield

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Laker Aldridge, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Grant Riley, G, Janesville Jets – Henry Sweeney, F, Janesville Jets – Caden Villegas, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Preston Weeks, D, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Matt Guerra - Lone Star Brahmas

Matt Guerra

Lone Star Brahmas forward and leading scorer Matt Guerra, 20, helped his team widen their lead in the South Division with a three-game weekend road sweep of the New Mexico Ice Wolves. The 5’10/180 lbs. native of Sanford, Florida, had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the three wins. On Thursday, Guerra had a goal in a 5-4 win. On Friday, Guerra had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win, and then on Saturday he had two assists in a 4-0 win. For the season, Guerra leads the team in scoring with 29 points in 23 games played. “I thought Matt played a good 200-foot game this weekend. He showed a lot of skill and worked really hard in all three games. I think that type of effort and play will make him very successful at the next level,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Jordan Venegoni, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cayden Bailey, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Billy Feczko, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Alex Gomez, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Giovanni Procopio, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Niclas Puikkonen, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 18, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Lars Rødne - Bismarck Bobcats

Lars Rødne

This is the second weekly award of the season for Rodne, 19, who helped the Bobcats stay in 1st place in the Central Division with a weekend home sweep of the St. Cloud Blizzard. The 6’0/183 lbs. native of Stavanger, Norway, had a productive weekend, which included seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) and a +6 rating in the two wins. On Friday, Rodne had two goals and two assists in a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday, he netted the game-winning goal and had a pair of assists in a 9-0 win. For the season, Rodne is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 20 points in 13 games played. “Lars had a great weekend for us. He scored big goals when we needed him too and he is a natural goal scorer that has been very effective since joining our team,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Henry Welsch, G, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Cooper Haar, F, Aberdeen Wings – Kyler Kleven, F, Minot Minotauros – Mason McCormick, F, Austin Bruins – Dan Russell, F, Minot Minotauros – Tyler Shea, G, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Brayden Stannard - Maryland Black Bears

Brayden Stannard

Maryland Black Bears forward and University of Nebraska-Omaha recruit Brayden Stannard, 16, had a big week for his team as Maryland went into New Jersey and earned a weekend split against the 1st place Titans. The 6’3/185 lbs. native of Bark River, Michigan, had five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in the two games. On Friday, Stannard notched an assist in a 4-3 shootout win. On Saturday, he recorded a goal and three assists in an 8-6 loss. For the season, Stannard is 2nd in team scoring with 17 points in 19 games played. “Brayden had himself a very strong week in all facets of the game. He played hard in both games, and it was nice to see him get rewarded. He is a bright and talented young player who has been a consistent performer all year for us,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Tyler Nasca, D, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Aden Bruich, F, Maryland Black Bears – Spencer DenBeste, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Cale Dubrul, D, Maine Nordiques – Kyle Jeffers, F, New Jersey Titans – Joe Mancuso, F, Northeast Generals – Eric Olson, F, Jamestown Rebels – Alex Tracy, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Peter Morgan - Kenai River Brown Bears

Peter Morgan

It was a big weekend for the 1st place Kenai River Brown Bears and newly acquired forward Peter Morgan. The 19-year-old native of Sarasota, Florida, helped his team to a three-game weekend home sweep of the Springfield Jr. Blues. Morgan (5’6/155), who is also an NAPHL grad, posted six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and was a +5 in the three wins. On Thursday, he collected an assist in a 4-1 win. On Friday, he had two goals and two assists in an 8-4 win. On Saturdya, he had another assist in a 5-2 win. In 11 games this season with Kenai River, Morgan has posted 11 points. “Peter has been very good for us since coming over in a trade. He comes ready to work every day and it’s showing up in the consistency of his play over these past few weeks. We’re really happy that he is finding success,” said Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.

2nd Star: Grant Riley, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Ciolli, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jordon Halverson, D, Janesville Jets – Bret Link, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Max Osborne, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Porter Schachle, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Aaron Swanson, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Charlie Glockner - Amarillo Bulls

Charlie Glockner

Amarillo Bulls goalie Charlie Glockner, 19, picked up his second weekly award of the season thanks to back-to-back shutouts in a road series in New Mexico this past weekend. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of Minnetonka, Minnesota, stopped all 49 shots that came his way in two games. On Friday, he made 26 saves through regulation and overtime and allowed just a single shooter of four to score in the shootout as the Bulls were edged by the Ice Wolves, 1-0. The next night, Glockner stopped all 23 shots that came his way in a 4-0 win, which tied him for the NAHL shutout lead with four. Glocker currently ranks 2nd in the NAHL with a 1.31 goals against average and 5th in save percentage with a .940 mark. “Charlie had an outstanding weekend for us, proving once again why he is such a highly touted NCAA Division 1 prospect. Not letting a goal in for 125 minutes is quite an achievement and difficult to accomplish. He was focused all weekend and made all the saves he needed to, and a couple we didn’t expect. He is a consummate professional and approaches each game with a demeanor that helps him have success,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Josh Graziano, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Evan Googins, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Aaron Randazzo, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Luc Salem, D, Topeka Pilots – Cal Sandquist, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Justin Thompson, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Devan Tongue, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 11, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nate Horn - Minnesota Wilderness

Nate Horn

Minnesota Wilderness forward and leading scorer Nate Horn, 20, helped his team pick up one win in two games this past week. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Elk River, Minnesota, and former Team NAHL forward had three points in two games. On Wednesday, Horn, who is committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Air Force, assisted on the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over the St. Cloud Blizzard. On Saturday, he scored two of the three Wilderness goals in a close 4-3 loss in Austin. For the season, Horn leads the Wilderness in scoring with 20 points in 20 games played. “Nate has been excellent for our club. His commitment and compete is a leading factor to our success as a team. We love his intensity and ability to create plays in small areas,” said Wilderness head coach Jon Vaillancourt.

2nd Star: Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Luke Aquaro, F, St. Cloud Blizzard – Jay Buchholz, F, Minot Minotauros – Carl Fish, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Blake Holmes, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Huston Karpman, F, Aberdeen Wings – Riley Murphy, F, Aberdeen Wings – AJ Ruskowski, G, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Noah Basarab - Johnstown Tomahawks

Noah Basarab

Basarab, 20, put up some big numbers as the Tomahawks took five of six points in a three-game weekend series against the Jamestown Rebels. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Gimli, Manitoba, recorded seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in the three games. On Thursday, Basarab had both of Johnstown’s goals in a 2-1 win. On Friday, he had three assists in a 6-1 win, and then on Saturday, he had two more goals in a 6-5 shootout loss. For the season, Basarab is 4th in team scoring with 19 points in 19 games played. “Noah played a huge role in us being able to pick up 5 of 6 points this weekend in a tough three games in three days. He has been such a vital part of our team this season in so many ways. He stepped up big time for us this past weekend, and he is very deserving of this recognition in which we are very proud of him,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Joey Stanizzi, G, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zak Currie, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Isaiah Fox, F, Maine Nordiques - Tyler German, F, Jamestown Rebels – Liam Haslam, D, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Filip Jakobsson, F, Maryland Black Bears – Joe Nagle, D, Northeast Generals – Eric Olson, F, Jamestown Rebels – Cole Ouellette, D, Maine Nordiques – Cameron Recchi, F, Maryland Black Bears – Bennett Stockdale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Nick Nardella - Janesville Jets

Nick Nardella

The Janesville Jets got right back in the playoff picture thanks to their weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians. Forward and captain Nick Nardella, 20, had a big weekend as he put up eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, the 5’10/175 lbs. native of Rosemount, Illinois, had two assists in a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday, the Michigan Tech recruit had two goals and four assists in a 7-5 win. For the season, Nardella leads the Jets in scoring with 21 points in 19 games played. “Nick was recently named team captain and has been leading by example on and off the ice all year. It’s great to see a player get rewarded for his effort and competitiveness,” said Jets head coach Corey Leivermann.

2nd Star: Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Adam Eisele, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Max Helgeson, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Oliver Kjaer, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Max Osborne, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Charlie Schoen, F, Janesville Jets – Caden Villegas, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Matt Allen - Amarillo Bulls

Matt Allen

Thanks to a weekend road sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays, the Amarillo Bulls moved into a tie for 3rd place in the South and are now 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Forward and leading scorer Matt Allen, 19, had three points in the weekend sweep, which included a +3 rating and a game-winning goal. On Thursday, Allen assisted on the lone Bulls goal in regulation in a 2-1 shootout win. On Friday, the 5’10/165 lbs. native of Minco, Oklahoma, had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-3 win. For the season, Allen leads the Bulls with 19 points in 18 games played. “Matt was excellent this weekend. He scored two big goals on Saturday and carried us offensively, but more importantly he does the little things that go unnoticed. He blocks shots, makes good decisions with the puck, and sacrifices his body to defend night after night. He is a true leader and sets a great example for his teammates,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Richie Parent, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Ty Black, F, Amarillo Bulls – Ryan Dickinson, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Henrik Laursen, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Dominic Sandoval, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 4, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Tim Piechowski - Bismarck Bobcats

Tim Piechowski

Led by forward Tim Piechowski, 18, the Bismarck Bobcats kept their hot streak going this past weekend with a home-and-home sweep over the Minot Minotauros. The 6’2/210 lbs. native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, recorded four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins and was a +4. On Friday, Piechowski had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, he scored another game-winner in a 5-1 win. For the season, Piechowski has eight points in 13 games played. “Tim had a great weekend for us. He was a big part of our team last year and he played like it this weekend. He’s a big power forward that can skate and has good skill. It was nice to see him get rewarded for his hard work,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Henry Welsch, G, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brock Daeger, D, St. Cloud Blizzard – Blake Holmes, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Nate Horn, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Hugh Larkin, F, Austin Bruins – Andrew Miller, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Brett Miller, G, Austin Bruins – Natan Vertes, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Valerii Rykov - Jamestown Rebels

Valerii Rykov

The Jamestown Rebels picked up their first sweep of the season this past weekend as they posted two home wins over the visiting Maine Nordiques. Forward and former NA3HL’er Valerii Rykov, 18, had a big weekend as the 6’3/205 lbs. native of Moscow, Russia, recorded five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Rykov had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 overtime win. On Saturday, he netted the game-winning goal and had an assist in a 5-3 win. In 11 games with the Rebels this season, Rykov has put up nine points. “We have a young hockey and Valerii is part of that. He is a part of the growth we are experiencing and it is nice to see players improving. He is someone we believe can be a dynamic player after Christmas and into next year. He is a great person and an NCAA Division 1 prospect,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Matt Cameron, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Noah Finstrom, F, Jamestown Rebels – Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Gavin Gulash, F, New Jersey Titans – David Tomeo, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Theo Thrun - Kenai River Brown Bears

Theo Thrun

The Kenai River Brown Bears got back on track this past weekend with a weekend road sweep of the Northeast Generals to end their Eastern road swing. Forward and leading scorer Theo Thrun, 18, came up big with three goals in the series, including the game-winner in each game. On Friday, the 5’11/165 lbs. native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, scored two goals, including the overtime-winner, in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, Thrun added another game-winner in a 5-3 win. Thrun’s 20 points in 17 games played leads all Brown Bears players in scoring. “Theo played very well for us this past weekend and has played well all season. Theo’s consistency and daily work ethic is really paying off for him. He has a knack for putting himself in a position to score goals and it’s great to see him rewarded for his efforts,” said Brown Bears Head Coach Kevin Murdock.

2nd Star: Hunter Longhi, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Sam Evola, G, Janesville Jets – Oliver Kjaer, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nick Nardella, F, Janesville Jets – Cameron Wuesthoff, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Jordan Venegoni - Amarillo Bulls

Jordan Venegoni

Amarillo Bulls forward Jordan Venegoni, 19, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays with a total of four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins. The 6’0/183 lbs. native of Livonia, Michigan, had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win on Friday, and another goal and an assist in a 2-0 win on Saturday. For the season, Venegoni is 2nd in team scoring with 12 points in 16 games played. “Jordan has been excellent for us this season. After playing in a supporting role last season, he has taken a big step and now is a leader both on the ice and in the locker room for us. He impacts the game in all situations and has a knack for scoring big goals. This weekend he showed he can be a force offensively, while still making his defensive obligations a priority. I think he just scratching the surface of what he is capable of,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Lauri Sertii, D, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Josh Graziano, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Quinn Green, F, Topeka Pilots – AJ Martinelli, D, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 28, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nico Appendino - Bismarck Bobcats

Nico Appendino

20-year-old Bismarck Bobcats defenseman Nico Appendino helped his club pick up three of four points this weekend in a road series in St. Cloud to maintain their lead atop the Central Division. The 5’7/171 lbs. native of Kempten, Germany, totaled four points in the two games, which included one goal and three assists. On Friday, Appendino had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss. On Saturday, he had two assists, including one on the game-winning goal in a 5-1 win. “Nico has done a great job for this team. His play-making ability and hockey sense are at the forefront of his game. His compete level is what makes him a great defenseman,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

 

2nd Star: Braeden Bartoo, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jakub Breault, F, Aberdeen Wings – Chikara Hanzawa, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Nate Horn, F, Minnesota Wilderness – TJ Irey, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Cole O’Connell, F, Minot Minotauros – Ryan O’Neil, F, St. Cloud Blizzard – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Tiernan Shoudy, F, Austin Bruins – Henry Welsch, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Hampus Rydqvist - Maryland Black Bears

Hampus Rydqvist

Maryland Black Bears defenseman Hampus Rydqvist, 20, had a great weekend, which helped his club to a weekend home split against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The 5’9/190 lbs. native of Gothenburg, Sweden put up four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two games and was also a +2. On Friday, Rydqvist had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss. On Saturday, he scored two goals, including the game-winner in a 5-2 win, helping Maryland pick up three of four points during the weekend. “Hampus is a highly competitive individual and gives his full effort each and every time he steps on the ice. It is nice to see such a good person, and good player, be rewarded.  I know his teammates are very happy for him, as are our fans,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

 

2nd Star: Isaiah Fox, F, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Spencer DenBeste, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Cam Gendron, F, New Jersey Titans – Lincoln Hatten, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Mick Heneghan, D, Northeast Generals – Jon Howe, G, Jamestown Rebels – Johnny Kaljian, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Joey Mancuso, F, Northeast Generals – Patrick Pugliese, G, New Jersey Titans – Wilmer Skoog, F, Maryland Black Bears – David Tomeo, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Trent Burnham - Chippewa Steel

Trent Burnham

Chippewa Steel goalie Trent Burnham, 19, helped his club to a weekend road sweep of the Janesville Jets, which helped the Steel extend their winning streak to a league-best eight straight games. The 6’0/163 lbs. native of Eagle River, Alaska, allowed just two goals in the two wins, stopping 50 of 52 shots during the weekend. On Friday, Burnham made 32 saves in a 2-1 overtime win, and then on Saturday he made 18 saves in a 4-1 win. With a 5-1 record this season, Burnham ranks 3rd in the NAHL in goals against average (1.32) and 4th in save percentage (.954). “Trent has been very good for us so far this season. He's made some big saves when we need him to and kept us steady when the other team makes a push,” said Steel head coach Carter Foguth.

 

2nd Star: Jake Seitz, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Killian Kiecker-Olson, F, Chippewa Steel – Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Hunter Longhi, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Cody Moline, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Peter Morgan, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Marko Reifenberger, F, Minnesota Magicians – Grant Riley, G, Janesville Jets – Cam Wuesthoff, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Eric Huss - Lone Star Brahmas

Eric Huss

Lone Star Brahmas forward and Army commit Eric Huss, 20, had a big weekend against his former team. The 5’11/181 lbs. native of Dallas, Texas put up six points in a three-game road sweep against the Odessa Jackalopes. That included one goal and five assists for a total of six points and a +4 rating. Huss scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win on Thursday, had three assists in a 4-0 win on Friday, and two more assists in a 7-4 win on Saturday. “It was good for Eric to go back to Odessa and have success this past weekend. He has put in a lot of hard work on and off the ice to improve as a player and that is definitely having an impact on his production and offensive output,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

 

2nd Star: Ludvig Persson, G, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Guy Blessing, G, Topeka Pilots – Shane Bull, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Philip Ekberg, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Emil Gabrielson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Cal Sandquist, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Kaiden Scott, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 21, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Riley Murphy - Aberdeen Wings

Riley Murphy

Aberdeen Wings forward Riley Murphy, 19, helped his team pick up four big points in the weekend road sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Rockford, Michigan, posted four points in the two wins and was a +4. On Friday, Murphy had a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal in overtime in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in a 4-0 win.“Riley has matured a lot from his time in the NAHL, and he has become a big leader to this year’s group. He has the ability to be a difference maker each night. This weekend was a great example of the elite hockey style he can play,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

 

2nd Star: Andrew Miller, G, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andranik Armstrong-Kingkade, F, Minot Minotauros – Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Kyler Kleven, F, Minot Minotauros – Henry Welsch, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Josef Glamos - New Jersey Titans

Josef Glamos

The 1st place New Jersey Titans rolled to a weekend sweep and extended their winning streak to five straight games. Helping lead the way offensively was 20-year-old forward Josef Glamos. The 5’9/165 lbs. native of Baldwinsville, New York, had three points in the two wins over the Maine Nordiques. On Friday, Glamos had two goals in a 6-1 win, and then on Saturday, he had an assist in a 5-2 win. “Joe has really continued to grow as a player. He and his line mates have worked really hard on their identity and embraced what makes them successful. Joe has really worked hard on and off the ice to become a consistent player in our lineup. This past weekend he was able to be a big part of our offensive attack and also played a big role on the penalty kill. Joe was named one of our assistant captains this past weekend and we look forward to him continuing to lead our team and we strive to qualify for the Robertson Cup playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

 

2nd Star: Jon Howe, G, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Noah Finstrom, F, Jamestown Rebels – Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Patrick Pugliese, G, New Jersey Titans – Alex Tracy, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Landon Pavlisin - Kenai River Brown Bears

Landon Pavlisin

Kenai River Brown Bears goalie Landon Pavlisin, 20, helped his team move into 1st place in the Midwest Division by picking up three of four points in a weekend home series against the Minnesota Magicians. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Orange, California, allowed just a single goal on 68 shots in the two games. On Friday, Pavlisin stopped all 35 shots in a 1-0 shootout loss to the Magicians. On Saturday, he allowed just a single goal and made 32 saves in a 2-1 overtime win. “Landon was excellent this past weekend, coming up with a number of big saves both nights. In two low scoring games he was a big reason why our team was able to get points out of both nights. He’s been a calming influence for us all season,” said Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.

 

2nd Star: Wes Mankowski, G, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Deweese, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jasper Lester, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nick Nardella, F, Janesville Jets – Isaak Novak, F, Janesville Jets – Ryan Reid, D, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Charlie Glockner - Amarillo Bulls

Charlie Glockner

The Amarillo Bulls ran their winning streak to five straight games thanks to a weekend road sweep of the Lone Star Brahmas. 19-year-old Bulls netminder Charlie Glockner started and won both games, allowing just two goals in the two wins. On Friday, the 6’2/180 lbs. native of Minnetonka, Minnesota, made 21 saves through regulation and overtime and stopped all three Brahmas shooters in the shootout in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he posted his first career NAHL shutout, making nine saves in a 1-0 win over the Brahmas. “Charlie had a great bounce-back weekend for us. He battled through some adversity the previous weekend and responded in a big way. He was excellent on Friday, making some very big saves, especially in OT. Saturday was a tough game, not facing many shots, but he had to stay mentally focused and prepared when he was challenged. He definitely earned that shutout,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

 

2nd Star: Sam Miller, D, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Guy Blessing, G, Topeka Pilots – Nick Dineen, D, Amarillo Bulls – Matt Hutton, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Nick Nardecchia, F, Topeka Pilots – Richie Parent, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Aaron Randazzo, G, Odessa Jackalopes

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 14, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jack Suchy - St. Cloud Blizzard

Jack Suchy

Although he played in just one game over the weekend, St. Cloud Blizzard forward Jack Suchy, 19, made it count. The 6’3/195 lbs. native of Medina, Minnesota, posted a career-best five point game, which included two goals and three assists in a 6-5 win over the visiting Minnesota Wilderness on Friday night. That also included the game-winning goal and a +4 rating in the game. For the season, Suchy, who began the season with the Wilderness, but was traded to the Blizzard, has seven points in seven games played. “Jack used his size and offensive talent in our game to show off what his true capabilities are. We were very happy with the way he played this weekend,” said Blizzard head coach Moe Mantha.

 

2nd Star: Kaleb Johnson, G, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Kimball Johnson, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Hugh Larkin, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: David Tomeo - Johnstown Tomahawks

David Tomeo

Newly acquired Johnstown Tomahawks goaltender David Tomeo, 20, made an immediate impact against his old team in Maryland this weekend. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of West Caldwell, New Jersey, started and won both road games against the Black Bears this weekend, stopping 75 of a possible 77 shots. That included 42 saves in a 5-1 win on Friday and 33 saves in a 4-1 win on Saturday. “We were fortunate to pick up a two-game sweep on the road against a strong Maryland team. Our offense was able to find some success, but limiting their good offense to one goal each night was big for our team as we try to find consistency. David was outstanding both nights for us. He made big saves at key times, and was in control of the game both nights. With the amount of special teams in both games there were a fair amount of looks on the power play in which he came up big. I am very proud of the way he came in and performed for us in his first two games with our team,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

 

2nd Star: Ethan Destefani, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Spencer Cosway, D, Jamestown Rebels – Makem Demers, F, Maine Nordiques – Trent Grimshaw, F, Maine Nordiques – Kasyn Kruse, F, Jamestown Rebels – Jared Lambright, D, Northeast Generals – Bennett Stockdale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Spencer Oyler - Chippewa Steel

Spencer Oyler

Chippewa Steel defenseman Spencer Oyler, 19, helped his club widen their lead in the Midwest Division and run their winning streak to six straight games with the home sweep of the Springfield Jr. Blues. The 6’0/176 lbs. native of Howell, Michigan, recorded four points in two games and extending his point streak to four straight games. That included a one goal, two assist effort in a 7-2 win on Saturday. For the season, Oyler has eight points in 10 games played. “Spencer has been a rock for us on the back end to start the season. His poise on the ice has helped our defensive corps become a big part of our early success. He has taken a big step forward with his play and contributes to our team in all situations. Earning a letter this season also shows the amount of respect his teammates have for him,” said Steel head coach Carter Foguth.

 

2nd Star: Landon Pavlisin, G, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Dunlap, F, Janesville Jets – Grant Hindman, D, Janesville Jets – Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Mattias Sholl, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Connor Szmul, F, Chippewa Steel – Theo Thrun, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Nick Trela - Amarillo Bulls

Nick Trela

The Amarillo Bulls swept the previously undefeated Lone Star Brahmas at home this weekend in Amarillo and forward Nick Trela, 20, played a big role in the sweep. The 6’2/176 lbs. native of Trenton, Michigan, recorded four points in the two wins, which included two goals and two assists to go along with a +3 rating. On Friday, Trela had a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win, and then on Saturday, he had the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win. For the season, the Team NAHL forward is 2nd in team scoring with eight points in 10 games played. “Nick had an excellent weekend for our team. He was an offense catalyst and also played in all situations and defended very well. He has a knack for coming up big in the clutch and his game-winning, power-play goal on Saturday night was a perfect example of that. Nick will be a tremendous addition to which, ever NCAA Division I program he ultimately commits to,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

 

2nd Star: Erik Bargholtz, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Ryan Coughlin, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Jakub Dobes, G, Topeka Pilots – Max Gutjahr, G, Amarillo Bulls – Shawn Kennedy, F, Topeka Pilots – Michal Stinil, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 7, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nick Portz - Minnesota Wilderness

Nick Portz

The Minnesota Wilderness picked up a big weekend home sweep of the Minot Minotauros this past weekend and forward Nick Portz, 19, put up some big numbers. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, recorded six points in the two wins. That included four points in a 7-6 shootout win on Friday and a two points in a 5-1 win on Saturday. For the season, Portz leads the Wilderness in scoring with seven points in four games played. “I’ve been very impressed with Nick’s professionalism in our community and at the rink. We chose him as part of our leadership group because he embodies the hard work ethic mentality that we believe in.  He plays with tremendous tenacity around the puck and his commitment to the fine details of the game is excellent. He has the ability to make players around him better and isn’t afraid to sacrifice his body to help the team win. He was able to bring all those aspect of his game last weekend and it showed in our clubs success,” said Wilderness head coach Jon Vaillancourt.

 

2nd Star: Will Hillman, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Nate Horn, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Britt League, G, St. Cloud Blizzard – Andrew Miller, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Jack Powell, D, Aberdeen Wings – Connor Tilmon, F, Austin Bruins – Henry Welsch, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Kyle Jeffers - New Jersey Titans

Kyle Jeffers

The 1st place New Jersey Titans widened their lead in the East Division this past weekend with a road sweep of the Northeast Generals. Forward and American International College recruit Kyle Jeffers, 20, put on a scoring clinic over the weekend, which included five points in the two wins. On Friday, the 5’10/170 lbs. native of Oviedo, Florida, had two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists in a 7-2 win. On Saturday, the NAPHL grad has another goal in a 4-3 shootout win. Jeffers is currently 2nd on the team in scoring with 15 points in 10 games played. “Kyle was a force for us throughout the weekend.  He shifted to a new line for this weekend and him and his line mates really responded well.  Kyle moved his feet and played with consistent pace and was rewarded for his work with an impressive offensive weekend.  Kyle is a big part of our hockey club and we will need him to continue to contribute in all areas of the ice if our hockey team is going to be successful,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

 

2nd Star: Matt Cameron, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ricky Boysen, F, Northeast Generals – Matt Cameron, F, New Jersey Titans – Jordan Cormier, F, Jamestown Rebels – Lincoln Hatten, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights - Johnny Kaljian, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Max Kouznetsov, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Bennett Stockdale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Connor Szmul - Chippewa Steel

Connor Szmul

Chippewa Steel forward Connor Szmul, 20, led his team to a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears and move into sole possession of 1st place in the Midwest Division. The 5’8/155 lbs. native of Castle Rock, Colorado, recorded six points in the two wins. On Friday, Szmul had five assists in an 8-2 win, and then on Saturday, he had a power play goal in a 5-0 win. For the season, Szmul leads the Steel in scoring with 12 points in 8 games played. “We have put a lot of responsibility on Connor early on this season and he has exceeded expectations. From his performance on the ice to his buy-in as a leader, we're happy to see him get rewarded for his efforts,” said Steel head coach Carter Foguth.

 

2nd Star: Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alec Schwab, D, Chippewa Steel – Mattias Sholl, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ryan Wilson, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Jakub Dobes - Topeka Pilots

Jakub Dobes

It was a big week for Topeka Pilots goalie Jakub Dobes. The 19-year-old native of Vitkovice, Czech Republic, won both of his starts this past week, allowing just a single goal on 72 shots in the process. Dobes (6’4/200), who was named to the NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch list for the 2020 NHL Draft, made 24 saves in a 2-1 home win on Thursday over the Amarillo Bulls. On Friday, Dobes made a season-high 47 saves in a 2-0 shutout of the Bulls. To date, Dobes has a 5-2 record for the 1st place Pilots with a 1.56 goals against average and a .945 save percentage. “Jakub has been a steady performer for us thus far. His poise and patience in high-pressure situations has helped our team succeed in close hockey games. Jakub has an extremely bright future, and we couldn’t be happier for his success,” said Pilots head coach Simon Watson.

 

2nd Star: Cal Sandquist, G, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jeremy Forman, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Matt Guerra, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Michal Stinil, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 30, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Lars Rødne - Bismarck Bobcats

Lars Rødne

The Bismarck Bobcats ran their winning streak to three straight games with a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. Newly acquired forward Lars Rødne, 19, made a big impact in his NAHL debut as the 6’0/183 lbs. native of Stavanger, Norway, recorded five points (4 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins. On Friday, Rødne had a hat-trick and an assist in an 8-3 win. On Saturday, he scored the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win. “Lars is a great addition to our forward group. His hockey IQ is very good and he brings a pure goal scorer touch to our line-up. When we needed a big goal he stepped up in both games this past weekend,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Jed Pietila, D, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jay Buchholz, F, Minot Minotauros – Will Hillman, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Kevin Ness, F, Minot Minotauros – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Jake Sibell, G, Aberdeen Wings – Bud Winter, F, St. Cloud Blizzard

 

East Star of the Week: Jackson Sterrett - Maryland Black Bears

Jackson Sterrett

UMass-Lowell recruit and Maryland Black Bears forward Jackson Sterrett, 20, had a productive weekend to help his team pick up a weekend road sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Hendersonville, Tennessee, had seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) and was a +3 in the two wins. On Friday, he had two goals and three assists in a 7-3 win, and then on Saturday, Sterrett had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win. For the season, Sterrett is 2nd in team scoring with 11 points in eight games. “Jackson came out flying this weekend, bringing us energy and strong play in all three zones. Not only did he chip in offensively, but also showed some strong defensive play on the penalty kill as well. He plays the right way away from the puck and is being rewarded offensively because of it,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Wilmer Skoog, F, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cam Gaudette, D, Northeast Generals - Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Matt Hubbarde, F, Jamestown Rebels – Mitch Machlitt, F, New Jersey Titans – Tristan Poissant, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Charlie Reid, F, Northeast Generals – Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jack Johnston - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Jack Johnston

Third-year veteran forward Jack Johnston, 20, helped the Fairbanks Ice Dogs to a weekend road sweep of the Janesville Jets. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of St. Paul, Minnesota recorded six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and was a +5 in the two wins. On Friday, Johnston had two assists in a 5-3 win, and then on Saturday, he had two goals and two assists in a 6-0 win. For the season, Johnston leads the Ice Dogs in scoring with six points in six games played. “Jack plays with constant energy and he keeps a lot of plays alive for his team. He is a leader and we look forward to his continued growth as he prepares for NCAA hockey,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Michael Spinner, D, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Oliver Kjaer, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Theo Thrun, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Austin McCarthy - Topeka Pilots

Austin McCarthy

Topeka Pilots forward Austin McCarthy, 20, helped his club to a weekend road split in Springfield against the Jr. Blues. The 6’1/195 lbs. native of Ludington, Michigan, had three goals and was a +2 in the two games. On Friday, McCarthy, who was the Pilots representative on Team NAHL earlier this summer, had a goal in a 2-1 loss. On Saturday, he scored twice in a 5-4 win. For the season, McCarthy is tied for 2nd in team scoring with nine points in nine games played. “After representing the NAHL and the United States in Russia in August, Austin has displayed a new level of confidence in training camp and pre-season. He took another step this weekend and saw some rewards in the goal-scoring department. His overall game has been excellent lately and we look for him to continue to grow as a hockey player and as the leader of this hockey club,” said Pilots head coach Simon Watson.

2nd Star: Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas